2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Features New Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission, Safety Upgrades | Edmunds

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser Features New Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission, Safety Upgrades

TORRANCE, California — The 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser full-size SUV will roll into Toyota dealerships later this year with a list of improvements, including a new eight-speed automatic transmission and several safety upgrades.

Pricing has not been announced on the eight-passenger 2016 Land Cruiser, which competes with the Cadillac Escalade, Land Rover Range Rover, Lincoln Navigator and Infiniti QX80.

The eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the previous six-speed automatic transmission. Toyota said the new transmission will "enhance acceleration and fuel efficiency." The EPA has not posted official fuel economy numbers on the 2016 Land Cruiser.

The Land Cruiser body is new from the A-pillar forward, giving the SUV a more upmarket look. Details include a new bumper, grille, headlights, taillights and LED brake lights.

New safety technology and improved multimedia features round out the package.

A new Toyota Safety Sense-P system includes frontal-collision avoidance at speeds below 24 mph and pedestrian protection. The system also bundles frontal-collision mitigation, lane-departure alert, auto high beams and dynamic radar cruise control. There's also a new blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

The 2016 Land Cruiser is equipped with a carryover 381-horsepower 5.7-liter V8 engine and can tow up to 8,500 pounds with the standard trailer-towing package.

The SUV's Entune head unit is upgraded, adding Siri Eyes Free mode. A standard rear-seat entertainment system features dual 10-inch screens.

Toyota said the Land Cruiser, which has been on the U.S. market since 1957, will come in only one version: fully equipped. There are no factory options.

Edmunds says: Another modest update for the ageless Land Cruiser means it will continue to offer buyers the latest technology in a full-size SUV, that isn't designed to get you noticed at the valet.

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